Chapter 13 is in the box.

I don’t know whether Friday the 13th is good or bad luck — it depends on whom you ask, actually. Dan Brown, in his novel The Davinci Code argues that Friday 13 is a black day because Pope Philip IV had all the Knights Templar arrested and beheaded on 13 October 1307, wiping out the […]

Chapter 12 and the network of the evil

Finished Chapter 12 the day before yesterday but since we had house guests over the weekend I didn’t get to post before now. To make a good story one needs the good guys, the bad guys and a conflict. The good guys are pretty well defined in the persons of Liz, Raoul and Grayson. What […]

Chapter 11 is done.

I updated the chapter structure and timeline of The Pi-Effect, building upon yesterday’s results. So far I estimate 21 chapters in total, eleven of them finished. I gave Chapter 10 a partial re-work, establishing Prof. Leonid Sussman as the mastermind behind the scientific development of the new generation of quantum computers. This will become important […]


Yes, finally! Let me explain… I haven’t been sincere to you, my esteemed reader. In fact, I am guilty of posturing and make-belief. Do you know what a Potemkin village is? OK, then google it. My fledgling novel is one. Or at least it was one until yesterday. I am now on Chapter 11 and […]

Pushing for Chapter 11

Sitting in a coffee shop watching people walk by while trying to avoid the searing sun, slanting stiletto rays onto the pavement. Church bells ring. People start to stream out from the cool sacral interior, squinting when they are greeted by the profane world outside. Wasps trying to dodge my irritated waving above the slice […]

Chapter 10 is finished.

Yesterday I sat down and vowed not to get up before Chapter 10 isn’t finished. And that’s exactly what I did. I already had half of it written and wanted so was pretty sure that I could manage it. It turned out to be about 3200 words, which brings the word count up to just […]

A sombre meeting.

More than a thousand words into Chapter 10. It is an important chapter to the story and deserves a lot of attention. It also marks the official end of my motivation crisis which beset me. It took me about one hour to write the thousand words which I estimate to be about a third of […]